Things to Do in Miami for Adults – South Beach Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends

Miami is an ideal destination for adult-only trips. With so many fun and exciting things to do in the city or at the beach, you can easily stay busy whether you’re here for a week or only a weekend.

If you’re looking for things to do in Miami for adults, check out our list of the top attractions and South Beach things for couples and groups of friends will enjoy, including…

  • Jet Boat Miami
  • Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Miami Art Deco Walking Tour
  • Key West Day Trip from Miami
  • Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
  • Explore Little Havana
  • Shop Bayside Marketplace
  • and more…

Save on Admission to Popular Adult Attractions

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Miami Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of Miami activities and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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Get Out on the Gorgeous Water

SF-Jetboat-Miami-1As you look out onto the ocean, you’ll probably sigh with longing at the beautiful ships cruising along the bay. Well, why not join them?

Hop aboard a Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise and enjoy the combination of informative guidance and pure relaxation.

You’ll see all the top sights, from the natural beauty of Biscayne Bay and the Venetian Islands, to the homes of the rich and famous, and some top tourist highlights like American Airlines Arena, the Miami Herald Building, and more.

Looking for a more exciting cruise experience? Jet Boat Miami is an excellent choice. Combine exhilarating speeds with awesome sights, and you’ve got one heck of a boat ride.

Getting In: Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise admission and Jet Boat Miami admission are both included on the Go Miami Card.

Tour the City on a Double Decker Bus or Duck Boat

big-bus-miamiYou came to Miami to get away from it all — so why not see what this city’s all about?

Adults will love this convenient hop-on hop-off Miami bus tour that lets you customize your day (and decide how much sightseeing you really feel like doing), or choose a fun Miami Duck Boat Tour that indulges your inner tourist.

The Duck Tour in particular is a delightful option if you’d like the explore the city on multiple fronts, and can be a fun way to combine land and water excursions.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Miami admission and Miami Duck Boat Tour admission included on the Go Miami Card.

Appreciate the Art Scene

VizcayaMiami is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, so it’s no surprise that it inspires people to make more beautiful things. Art lovers will find much to appreciate in this highly creative city, from world-renowned film festivals to fine art museums.

One of the most popular institutions is the compelling Pérez Art Museum, which primarily features collections of modern and contemporary international art. There’s even a beautiful hanging garden for sitting and sipping a latte.

If you’re looking to see artistic inspiration on a large scale, the must-see Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a surefire hit. Stunning, European-inspired architecture combines with historical furnishings and significant works of art to make for a truly inspiring visit. Don’t forget the luxurious gardens that surround the estate!

Both of these suggestions are great things to do for couples.

Getting In: Pérez Art Museum admission and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens admission are both included on the Go Miami Card.

Animal Encounters

zoomiami2You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy meeting some of the world’s most fascinating creatures at a top-notch zoo! Head to Zoo Miami, where you’ll meet critters large and small that hail from around the globe.

This 340-acre expanse features diverse habitats that mimic the animals’ natural surroundings, with exhibits like Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. “Amazon and Beyond” is a popular one, featuring jaguars, snakes, and a tropical rainforest.

Or, if aquatic creatures are more your style, head to the admirable Miami Seaquarium. They’re renowned for their conservation work, and their marine animal shows are truly a sight to behold.

Getting In: Zoo Miami admission and Miami Seaquarium admission are both included with the Go Miami Card.

Airboat Ride Through the Everglades

Take the family on an airboat tour in the Everglades National ParkWe all know Miami has some excellent outdoorsy things to do, but many of us don’t think beyond the beaches and boardwalks.

If you’re looking to see more of South Florida than some (admittedly very beautiful) sand, try an always fun airboat ride in the Everglades. You’ll get to see a lot of the gorgeous Everglades National Park and plenty of the iconic Florida gators.

Getting In: Everglades Alligator Farm admission is included on the Go Miami Card.

Head to South Beach

South Beach is probably the most popular beach in Miami, but don’t let that turn you off from visiting what many call the Surf Capital of Miami. If you’ve never seen surfers before, South Beach is an excellent spot for seeing these impressive athletes in action.

The people-watching at South Beach is also ideal, as you could see A-list celebrities on any given day. Spend some time at South Beach and enjoy a relaxing a day of sunbathing, rollerblading, shopping, dining, and swimming. You won’t be disappointed!

For the architecture buffs out there, there’s also the Art Deco Architectural Historic District, which is a rare, diverse collection of Art Deco buildings. Take an Art Deco walking tour of the neighborhood and snap those perfect Instagram photos.

Getting In: Miami Art Deco Walking Tour admission is included on the Go Miami Card.

Head Down to Key West

By Todd Feit (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Todd Feit (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You can’t come this far south into Florida without venturing just a little bit farther.

Spend an entire day exploring with a delightful Key West Day Trip tour, which gives you time and space to actually explore this amazing Caribbean atmosphere.

When you get to Key West, there are plenty of great shops and unique attractions to explore, from the house where Ernest Hemingway lived to a lush Botanical Garden. Be sure to head to Mallory Square around sunset for some gorgeous photos.

Getting In: Key West Day Trip from Miami admission is included on the Go Miami Card.

Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise

Key-Largo-Princess-Glass-Bottom-Boat-Cruise-1Another great option for exploring the vivid blue waters around Miami is to hop aboard the Key Largo Princess. This glass bottom boat offers a relaxing and engaging cruise around the Florida Keys that both couples and groups of friends will love.

On your two-hour cruise, you’ll get to enjoy the cool sea breezes, the gorgeous waters, and most importantly, what’s below you.

See the many vibrantly colored inhabitants of the Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the country’s only underwater State Park. You’ll love this unique chance to see them without getting wet!

Getting In: Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise admission is included on the Go Miami Card.

Ride a Bike Around South Beach

Miami BikesBe active and explore South Beach and beyond via bike.

If you weren’t able to bring a bike with you, it’s easy to rent a bike. Just hop aboard and you’re ready to roam around this bike-friendly beach region.

Rentals from Bike and Roll come with a map, too, so you’re not left just exploring on your own without guidance. Of course, you can feel free to go wherever the spirit moves you!

Getting In: Miami Bike rentals are included with the Go Miami Card.

Explore Little Havana

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Miami’s Latin Quarter, also known as Little Havana (or La Pequeña Habana), is a quaint neighborhood where you’ll find art galleries, shops, restaurants, live music, and more.

Full of authentic Cuban restaurants and shops, Calle Ocho is the hub of life in Little Havana. You and your friends will have a blast here.

You may even have the chance to see an exciting cultural event like Carnival Miami, Cultural Fridays, and the Three Kings Parade!

Shop Bayside Marketplace

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Image credit: Greater Miami CVB.

Shopping and dining doesn’t get much better than what you’ll find at the fabulous Bayside Marketplace.

Home to both smaller local stores and traditional chain stores like Gap and Foot Locker, this outdoor mall has something for everyone.

Pick up some cool souvenirs, check out the live music, and have a delicious lunch at the Hard Rock Café or Tradewinds Bar & Grill. With the Go Miami Card®, you even get a special discount book to use here!

Save on Attraction Admission

That should do it! Our list of some of the most fun things to do in Miami for adults during your vacation. These ideas are great for couples or if you are traveling with a group of friends.

Miami really does have just about everything that you could possibly want on an adults-only vacation — food and drink, shopping, exploring, and relaxing.

Remember, many of these great activities are included on the Go Miami Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your kid-free vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

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